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The Never-Ending Story: Chemicals that Outlive – and Harm – Us

February 22, 2017

Chemical manufacturers have agreed to pay $670 million in damages to people with cancer and other health harm from exposure to a recently phased-out highly fluorinated chemical. In a peer-reviewed feature article, A Never-Ending Story of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs)? in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, researchers highlight that numerous related chemicals continue to provide…

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Toxic chemicals contaminate drinking water of 6 million in US

August 9, 2016

Cancer-causing highly fluorinated chemicals are polluting the drinking water of an estimated 6 million – and likely many more – Americans, and the blood of almost everyone. For the first time, researchers have used sophisticated mapping technology to identify military bases, airports, industrial sites, and wastewater treatment plants as the major sources of contamination and to connect the dots from sources to drinking water…

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Trading your health for stain- and waterproof clothing?

April 30, 2015

Stain-resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal” is how journalist Callie Lyons refers to a chemical called C8 found in the bodies of nearly all humans and animals on the planet. Exposure is linked to a wide range of health problems including cancer, liver malfunction, hypothyroidism, obesity, ulcerative colitis, and decreased immune response to vaccines in children…

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Health, Firefighter, Consumer and Science Groups Seek Ban on Household Products with Toxic Chemical Flame Retardants

March 31, 2015

Today, a broad coalition of health, firefighter, consumer and science groups filed a petition asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to ban four categories of consumer products — children’s products, furniture, mattresses and the casings around electronics — if they contain any flame retardant in the chemical class known as organohalogens. Petitioners include…

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Majority of Couches in New Study Contain Toxic Flame Retardants: Flame Retardants Associated with Cancer, Hormone Disruption And Neurological Harm

November 28, 2012

A new Duke University and UC Berkeley study published today in Environmental Science & Technology found that 85% of the couches were treated with chemical flame retardants, which are either toxic or lack adequate health information. Of the 102 couches tested, 41% contained chlorinated Tris (or TDCPP), a cancer-causing flame retardant removed from baby pajamas in the 1970s, while another 17% contained the globally-banned chemical pentaBDE.…

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Flame Retardant Chemicals in Baby Products: The unintended consequences of a California furniture flammability standard

May 18, 2011

In a paper published on line on May 18, 2011 in Environmental Science & Technology, scientists found that 75% of baby products tested contained toxic or untested flame retardant chemicals. “It’s hard to believe that the same Chlorinated Tris flame retardant that our research helped remove from baby pajamas in the 1970s is back in use” said Arlene Blum PhD, a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley Chemistry Department and Executive Director of the Green Science Policy Institute.…

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